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Getting the old 1965 Lionel train running again

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Project by DaleMaley posted 01-03-2019 03:50 PM 1521 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got my first Lionel train when I was 10 years old back in 1965. The last time I ran it was 1998. I got in trouble back then with the wife, because the rusty tracks stained the carpeting!

My grandson loves trains, so I thought it was time to get it running again. The first tasks were to clean the rusty tracks, fix the locomotive that would not run, and repair one broken electrical track switcher. Once I got that done, the last challenge was to make the train set portable, and have it not stain the carpeting at my grandson’s house.

Being a woodworker, I decided to make a wood “bed” for the rusty tracks to set on. I made the wood bed from 1×4’s and 1×8’s. I attached the segments with Kreg pocket screws underneath the bed. I ended up with 4, easily transportable sections. I used the old fashioned screen door hooks to keep the wood sections from coming apart during operation. Now I can transport the train set to my grandson’s house, and easily store it at home.

I made a Youtube video showing the refurbishment process and the wood bed….....

https://youtu.be/zYsQrQc3EqA

Thanks

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 01-03-2019 04:09 PM

I love it Dale GREAT JOB :<)) I bet you made the grandson a very happy boy

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#2 posted 01-03-2019 04:12 PM

That is a very cool project, I love it. I miss my train I got in the 1980s, I wish I could find it. I may go search my mom’s attic, but that would be an awesome project for my workshop.

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smithfly114

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#3 posted 01-03-2019 05:00 PM

Very cool project! I love old trains.

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DaleMaley

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#4 posted 01-03-2019 05:47 PM



I love it Dale GREAT JOB :<)) I bet you made the grandson a very happy boy

- GR8HUNTER

Thanks!

I will be taking it 50 miles in the next couple of weeks for him to try it out :)

Dale

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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ohwoodeye

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#5 posted 01-03-2019 07:07 PM

Please keep it slow. A derailment around that last turn could be tragic.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 01-03-2019 08:22 PM

You and your grandson should be able to make some awesome memories with that setup!

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#7 posted 01-03-2019 08:58 PM

Very nice work Dale,

I am sure that will be a lot of fun upon arrival.

Facinating work, it made me go check out more information that was available
No doubt you have possibly seen the two parts of their production video.
Here is a link to Pt 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xHz5PfA__s

Make sure you also show him the two parts of their production, and the there is another one as well but it runs for about 47 minutes, though all very entertaining.

They dont make train sets like that any more, or if they do I have not seen them!

For your fine engineering efforts I have awarded you the cap.

-- Regards Rob

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DaleMaley

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#8 posted 01-03-2019 09:45 PM



Very nice work Dale,

I am sure that will be a lot of fun upon arrival.

Facinating work, it made me go check out more information that was available
No doubt you have possibly seen the two parts of their production video.
Here is a link to Pt 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xHz5PfA__s

Make sure you also show him the two parts of their production, and the there is another one as well but it runs for about 47 minutes, though all very entertaining.

They dont make train sets like that any more, or if they do I have not seen them!

For your fine engineering efforts I have awarded you the cap.

- robscastle

thanks for the link to the Lionel train factory video…...........I will watch both parts with my grandson soon!

Dale

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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CampD

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#9 posted 01-04-2019 01:51 PM

Very cool idea, well done!

-- Doug...

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GR8HUNTER

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#10 posted 01-04-2019 02:59 PM

I wonder for future cleaning purpose I think evaporust might work well :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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DaleMaley

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#11 posted 01-04-2019 04:08 PM



I wonder for future cleaning purpose I think evaporust might work well :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Thanks, I might try that on my rusty Lionel train tracks!

dale

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 01-04-2019 09:55 PM

I like the roadbed you made for your Lionel train because every train track needs a roadbed.
Using Kreg to make this roadbed, in my opinion, was a stroke of genius.
This sure makes it easy to setup and take down when needed.

I got my first Lionel train in 1954 but not having a permanent place to set it up killed enthusiasm. In 6th grade one of my classmates asked if he could buy my train or exchange it for an HO gauge train. That when my brother and I built an HO gauge layout which kept us busy until we got out of nigh school.

This HO layout has always amazed me.

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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